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These 4 Measures Indicate That Compañía de Distribución Integral Logista Holdings (BME:LOG) Is Using Debt Reasonably Well

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Warren Buffett famously said, 'Volatility is far from synonymous with risk.' So it seems the smart money knows that debt - which is usually involved in bankruptcies - is a very important factor, when you assess how risky a company is. We note that Compañía de Distribución Integral Logista Holdings, S.A. (BME:LOG) does have debt on its balance sheet. But the more important question is: how much risk is that debt creating?

Why Does Debt Bring Risk?

Debt is a tool to help businesses grow, but if a business is incapable of paying off its lenders, then it exists at their mercy. If things get really bad, the lenders can take control of the business. However, a more frequent (but still costly) occurrence is where a company must issue shares at bargain-basement prices, permanently diluting shareholders, just to shore up its balance sheet. Of course, the upside of debt is that it often represents cheap capital, especially when it replaces dilution in a company with the ability to reinvest at high rates of return. The first thing to do when considering how much debt a business uses is to look at its cash and debt together.

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What Is Compañía de Distribución Integral Logista Holdings's Debt?

You can click the graphic below for the historical numbers, but it shows that Compañía de Distribución Integral Logista Holdings had €46.7m of debt in June 2022, down from €76.9m, one year before. However, it does have €2.64b in cash offsetting this, leading to net cash of €2.59b.

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BME:LOG Debt to Equity History October 6th 2022

How Strong Is Compañía de Distribución Integral Logista Holdings' Balance Sheet?

We can see from the most recent balance sheet that Compañía de Distribución Integral Logista Holdings had liabilities of €6.99b falling due within a year, and liabilities of €360.8m due beyond that. Offsetting this, it had €2.64b in cash and €2.07b in receivables that were due within 12 months. So its liabilities outweigh the sum of its cash and (near-term) receivables by €2.64b.

Given this deficit is actually higher than the company's market capitalization of €2.51b, we think shareholders really should watch Compañía de Distribución Integral Logista Holdings's debt levels, like a parent watching their child ride a bike for the first time. Hypothetically, extremely heavy dilution would be required if the company were forced to pay down its liabilities by raising capital at the current share price. Compañía de Distribución Integral Logista Holdings boasts net cash, so it's fair to say it does not have a heavy debt load, even if it does have very significant liabilities, in total.

And we also note warmly that Compañía de Distribución Integral Logista Holdings grew its EBIT by 16% last year, making its debt load easier to handle. When analysing debt levels, the balance sheet is the obvious place to start. But ultimately the future profitability of the business will decide if Compañía de Distribución Integral Logista Holdings can strengthen its balance sheet over time. So if you want to see what the professionals think, you might find this free report on analyst profit forecasts to be interesting.

But our final consideration is also important, because a company cannot pay debt with paper profits; it needs cold hard cash. Compañía de Distribución Integral Logista Holdings may have net cash on the balance sheet, but it is still interesting to look at how well the business converts its earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) to free cash flow, because that will influence both its need for, and its capacity to manage debt. Over the last three years, Compañía de Distribución Integral Logista Holdings actually produced more free cash flow than EBIT. That sort of strong cash conversion gets us as excited as the crowd when the beat drops at a Daft Punk concert.

Summing Up

Although Compañía de Distribución Integral Logista Holdings's balance sheet isn't particularly strong, due to the total liabilities, it is clearly positive to see that it has net cash of €2.59b. The cherry on top was that in converted 136% of that EBIT to free cash flow, bringing in €358m. So we are not troubled with Compañía de Distribución Integral Logista Holdings's debt use. There's no doubt that we learn most about debt from the balance sheet. But ultimately, every company can contain risks that exist outside of the balance sheet. Be aware that Compañía de Distribución Integral Logista Holdings is showing 1 warning sign in our investment analysis , you should know about...

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